POST TIME: 7 September, 2015 00:00 00 AM
‘Rana Plaza’: A film that creates buzz before and after its release

‘Rana Plaza’: A film that creates buzz before and after its release

‘Rana Plaza’, a full length Bangla feature film that created a buzz among the audience even before its release and now again after its release, has been made based on the rescue of garment worker Reshma Begum, 17 days after the Rana Plaza collapse in Savar on April 24 in 2013. The 137-minute film is produced by Shamima Akhter and directed by Nazrul Islam Khan. Among a number of reasons, mainly for five key reasons, the film became the talk of the town—firstly, the film’s plot itself was a very challenging and controversial subject. Secondly, the film had to wait for a long time to get the green signal from the Film Censor Board due to objections over some scenes. Thirdly, though it received censor certificate after a long delay on July 16 and was scheduled to be released on September 4, the High Court banned the screening of the movie for six months on August 24 and finally, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday scrapped the High Court verdict that banned for six months the screening of ‘Rana Plaza’.
With the aim of portraying the true story of Rana Plaza tragedy on the big screen, director Nazrul Islam Khan himself wrote the story and screenplay for the film ‘Rana Plaza’ mainly centring the rescue of Reshma. Popular actress Pori Moni has played the central role in the film as Reshma, while actor Simon acted as Titu opposite her.
In the story of the film, Titu loves his neighbour Reshma, a village girl from a poor family. But Reshma does not respond to Titu, as his family condition is better than her family. But Titu does not want to give up and keeps pursuing Reshma for her heart. One tragic day, the incident of Rana Plaza collapse occurred and Titu, risking his own life, rescued Reshma from the ruins of Rana Plaza building. The shooting of the film started in January of 2014 in a grand manner. Besides Dhaka, the shooting also took place in the different places of Gopalganj and Narsingdi. Now the film sees the light at the end of the tunnel finally with an order of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday and there are no more hurdles for the release of the film. Produced under the banner of MA Multimedia, the film is set to be released in about 100 cinema halls across the country. Earlier, the film was accused with the reason that it would create a negative impact on people both home and abroad. RMG workers would be frightened by the film, and it could also damage the image of the country’s RMG industry. According to Bangladesh Censorship of Films Rules, 1977, horrifying scenes and use of TV footages and names of law enforcement agencies in a film are prohibited.